Quinnipiac University Bobcats (9-28, 4-8 MAAC)
Marist College Red Foxes (17-21, 4-6MAAC)
The Quinnipiac softball team will host a doubleheader against Marist College on Sunday, April 19. First pitch is set for 12 p.m. at the QU Softball Field in Hamden.
SCOUTING THE RED FOXES
Marist currently sits at 16-18 overall with a 4-4 conference record. The Red Foxes are 10-8 on the road and 4-2 in their last six games. On Tuesday, Marist swept Holy Cross, 9-0 and 11-3 in Worcester. As a team, the Foxes are batting .297 with three hitters currently over the .300 mark. The offense is led by Rebecca Freeman at .379 (44-for-116) with 21 RBI and 12 runs scored. Jayne Oberdorf leads the pitching staff at 6-5 with a 2.59 ERA in 17 appearances.
LAST TIME OUT
On Wednesday afternoon, the Bobcats split a doubleheader against Holy Cross in their home opener at the QU Softball. Quinnipiac took the first game, 10-1 in five innings before dropping the second in six innings, 9-1.
After the weekend series, Quinnipiac will host Sacred Heart for one game on Tuesday, April 21. The teams will take the field at 3:30 p.m.
WINNING IN THE CIRCLE AND HITTING AT THE PLATE
In her four wins on the year, Hannah Lindsley has at least one hit in each game. The senior is batting an impressive .615 (8-for-13) in those games which includes, 3-for-4 and 2-for-2 performances at the plate.
ONE GAME, FIVE MULTI-HIT BATTERS
In the first game against Holy Cross, five Bobcats recorded at least two hits. Keilani Finley led the offense with a 2-for-2 performance including a two-run homerun over the left field wall. Abby Johnson also went 2-for-2 with two RBI, a run scored and a stolen base. Nikki Barba was 2-for-3 with a double, two runs scored and an RBI. Starting pitcher, Hannah Lindsley was perfect at bat, finishing with two hits including a double and a run scored while freshman Miranda Magana was the fifth player to record two hits, going 2-for-3 with a solo run homerun.
Jordan Paolucci is currently riding a six game hit streak which is tied for the most of any Bobcat this season. In the second game against Holy Cross on Wednesday, Keilani Finley's six game streak came to an end. Finley connected for a two-run homerun in the first game to extend her streak to six.
RETURN OF PAOLUCCI
The preseason All-MAAC selection has been on a recent tear since rejoining the Bobcats. In seven games, the senior is batting .444 (8-for-18) with two doubles and five RBI.
Against Niagara on Sunday, freshman third baseman Miranda Magana recording two hits in each game of the doubleheader. Magana finished the day 4-for7 with an RBI and two runs scored.
Senior pitcher Hannah Lindsley had an all-around day from both inside the circle and at the plate on Sunday. In the first game against the Purple Eagles, Lindsley closed out the final three innings to record the save while going 1-for-4 at the plate with a homerun. She started the second game, pitching five innings and allowing just one run off four hits. The senior also went 3-for-4 at bat in her third win of the season.
BARBA BATS .800 ON THE WEEKEND
Nikki Barba went 4-for-5 (.800) on Saturday in a double header with Monmouth. In the first game, Barba went a perfect 3-for-3 at the plate. She recorded two runs scored and two walks in the second game with a 1-for-2 performance.
PERFECT THROUGH FOUR
Lindsley pitched four perfect innings on Wednesday, April 1 against Sacred Heart. Lindlsey retired the first 12 batters with six groundouts, two pop ups and four strikeouts.
HAVE A DAY, CYR
In a doubleheader sweep against St. Peter's, senior Brittney Cyr went 4-for-7 with two runs scored. She was 2-for-4 in the first game followed by a 2-for-3 performance in the second. Cyr was the only Bobcat to record multi-hit games in both contests.
2 DOUBLES, 2 RUNS, 2 RBI
Junior catcher Dani Edmands put up an impressive stat line in the second game against St. Peter's. Edmands finished 3-for-5 at the plate with two doubles, two runs scored, and two runs batted in.
Senior Hannah Lindsley had herself a career day on the first day of the Liberty Classic. In the first game against Saint Francis, she connected for three home runs in each of her first three at bats. Against Toledo, she pitched a complete game ad earned her first win of the season by allowing just three earned runs off five hits. Lindsley finished the day 5-for-8 from the plate with three home runs, a double, 8 RBI and four runs scored.
MAAC AND ECAC PLAYER OF THE WEEK HONORS
Lindsley was named the MAAC Player of the Week and the ECAC Division I New England Player of the week for her play at the Liberty Classic. The Bobcats' senior pitcher had an incredible five-game stretch this past weekend at the tournament, batting .467 and going 7-for-15 at the plate with three home runs, 8 RBI, six runs scored and two walks. Lindsley posted an impressive 1.133 slugging percentage while adding an on base percentage of .529. She hit safely in four of the five games and recorded two multi-hit performances.
EDMANDS AND MAGANA SET CAREER MARKS
Against NC Central, junior Dani Edmands and freshman Miranda Magana each had a career-high four hits. Edmands finished the day going 4-for-5 with a triple and two runs scored. Magana was also 4-for-5 while adding three RBI and a run scored.
10 BATTERS, 20 HITS
Quinnipiac recorded a season-high 20 hits in a loss to NC Central. Ten different Bobcats combined for at least one hit while five players had multi-hit games.
MICHELE SMITH SPRING BREAK CLASSIC
At USF's spring break tournament, Quinnipiac finished 1-5 but ended on a high note with a 9-1 win over Colgate. Sydney Robeypicked up her second win with a lights out performance on the mound.
DEALING WITH ROBEY
Sydney Robey became the highlight of the USF tournament for the Bobcats. The junior recorded a 9-1 win over Colgate, pitching the complete five inning game, facing 20 batters and striking out six. Robey allowed just one run – zero earned – while giving up four hits and one walk.
THE BOBCATS AND THE MAAC PRESEASON POLL
The Quinnipiac University softball team was picked to finish seventh in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Preseason Coaches' Poll, as announced by the conference office on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015.
PRESEASON ALL-METRO ATLANTIC ATHLETIC CONFERENCE
In addition, seniors Nikki Barba (San Diego, California) and Jordan Paolucci (Lake Mary, Florida) were named to the Preseason All-MAAC Team.